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Thursday, 17 January, 2002, 18:19 GMT

Duo ready for Salt Lake challenge

Britain will only have two Paralympians at the Salt Lake City Games, but both have an outside chance of winning medals.

Dorset's Russell Docker and Stephen Napier of Surrey will be competing in the men's alpine skiing events, beginning on 9 March.

Docker will be in the LW12 class and Napier in the LW10 class.

LW10: Athletes with disabilities in the lower limbs, no functional sitting balance and athletes with cerebral palsy with disabilities in all four limbs.
LW12: Athletes with disabilities in the lower limbs and good sitting balance.

Docker's most memorable sporting achievement was competing in the Combined Services Championships in Megeve 2001 in the able- bodied race.

He is one of the most respected skiers on the World Cup circuit, having finished fourth in the Super-G at the US Nationals last March.

After joining Backup, a charity for spinal injuries, Napier started competing in the LW10 class of the sport during the 1999/2000 season.

He achieved a commendable 11th place in the grand slalom at Kartnen in Austria last April.

Britain did not win any medals at the Nagano Games in 1998, but have enjoyes success at the Paralympics.

At the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Great Britain came 20th, winning five bronze medals.

Two years earlier, in Albertville, a total of one silver and five bronze saw the team finish 15th.

The British Paralympic Association is now working hard to take more athletes to the 2006 Games in Turin.

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